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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Early Years Birth to 5) offers a unique route into achieving Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The course promotes flexibility in your own career pathway and provides opportunities to achieve a recognised birth to 5 teaching qualification.

It enhances the professional requirements for EYTS by giving you extensive experience in a variety of work based settings including children centres, pre-school, and nursery.

This offers a holistic experience of the developing and learning child from birth to aged 5. The course focuses on the importance of teaching and learning at this critical stage of a child progressing through the Early Years Foundation Stage to their primary school provision.

In addition, the PGCE provides you with skills, knowledge and understanding in developing yourself as a leader in high quality early years settings.

A fully funded work-based learning course leading to Early Years Teacher Status. You will develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident early years teacher, able to lead in a variety of Early Years settings. You will further your skills, knowledge and understanding in child development; early literacy and mathematics; and the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will be taught in lectures and seminars (including the integration of the University’s own Forest School and outdoor learning environment); and Early Years placement opportunities.

Accreditations

  • Department for Education

  • This course leads to a postgraduate qualification in teaching young children from birth to 5..
  • It develops the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding Early Years teacher and leader within a breadth of Early Years settings.
  • The course will give you a deep understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of essential learning that takes place in babies and young children from birth to 5.
  • The course develops clear understanding of essential learning processes of babies and young children preparing them for their journey into lifelong learning.
  • This will give you significant opportunities to develop your academic and professional interests into early years teaching and be accredited with Early Years Teacher Status.
  • On meeting the required professional standards you will be recommended to the Department for Education for the award of Early Years Teacher Status.
  • This will qualify you to teach in a range of early years settings including children centres, pre-school, nursery, and schools (primarily Free Schools and Academies).

Units

  • Early Years Placement Experience (Employment Pathway) (EDC153-6) Compulsory
  • Leading High Quality Practice In The Early Years (EDC155-6) Compulsory
  • The Early Years Teacher (EDC154-6) Compulsory

You will be assessed through a range of formative and summative tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you. As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards. The passing of all three units will mean that you can be recommended you to the Department for Education for EYTS. In exceptional circumstances, approved by the Head of School, it may be possible for recommendation for EYTS to be made without completion of the academic units. This option is not an automatic entitlement. In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

PGCE Entry Requirements

You will take part in a selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a teacher of young children from birth to 5. All applicants for an EYTS programme are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Anyone admitted to an early years ITT programme, must be deemed suitable to become an early years teacher. Prior to the start of the course you will need:

  • Normally a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or GCSE A to C) in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject.
  • To have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 if your first language is not English and you do not have GCSE grade (4 (Grade C) in English
  • Meet all safeguarding requirements including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, Suitability to Train to Teach, Fitness to Practice, and all other safeguarding checks required at the time of application

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 


Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a new nationally recognised Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession..

The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting qualified to teach young children from Birth to age 5. In addition, the course equips you to aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles.

Accordingly, you will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals. You will present studies and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications.

An integral part of the course is giving you opportunities to develop your practice in a range of Early Years’ and school settings. This will provide further opportunities to make contacts that will help you with finding work at the end of the course.

Fees and Funding

This course is fully funded subject to eligibility.

£14,000 is available for this route, made up of £7,000 training grant for providers and £7,000 employer incentive for the trainee’s employer (subject to eligibility).

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

Fees and Funding


This course is fully funded subject to eligibility.

£14,000 is available for this route, made up of £7,000 training grant for providers and £7,000 employer incentive for the trainee’s employer (subject to eligibility).

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

 

Extra costs

You will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and travel costs to placement.

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How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student